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What issues of representation are activated in Whight's portrayal of the chicago ghetto in the 1930s?

chicago in 1930s

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I'm not precisely sure what you mean by "issues of representation," but I'll try and take a stab at it. Bigger's family lives in a rat-infested nightmare that is degrading and barely livable. Besides being a very terrible situation, it seems to represent the idea that Bigger's skin color has identified him and his family as someone or something that is below human.